• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Design

    • Written by from WOODSIDE

    I'm very happy with this case. I received this case for free through the iPhone 4 case program. I had wanted to give it a try but was on the fence for $29. I went for it with the free case program. I purchased a protective film for the front and back of the phone from Power Support (my go to company for all of my iPhone screen protectors) since the case leaves both the front and back exposed. I ended up dropping my phone recently about 4 feet to the concrete and it bounced under a parked car. I picked up the phone and not a scratch was on it (the part of the case that seemed to take the brunt of the impact did look like something chewed on it). When the cases went on sale again after the free program ended I happily purchased 2 more in white and blue. Be advised that not all third party headphones and dock accessories are compatible with the case.

    64 of 70 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best cover so far.

    • Written by from hagatna

    About 3 months ago I purchased this bumper in black and really like it so far. I especially like how well it sticks to all surfaces and has prevented dropping it many times. I, too, believe that this item is over priced. The only disappointment is that in order to use my iphone in the car I have to peel back the corner of the bumper where the auxilliary cable enters the iphone because the bumper is too thick to make contact. It's annoying and I'm concerned that having to do this will either stretch or break the bumper. I don't seem to have the other issues that other users have had with this bumper.

    48 of 52 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Seattle

    First off, why do people say it scratches the side of their phone? get real folks, the side of your phone is metal, the case is plastic and rubber. Obviously a grain of sand or some other hard substance worked it's way between the phone and the case. This would happen with just about any other case.

    I've had my case since day one, over six months now and yes, it's worn and breaking down, but so is the slip case I put my phone into, leather. Already purchased a replacement slip case and now it's time to replace this bumper as well. Since I've owned a PDA of some type since 2000 (Palm). I've always had to replace my cases between 3 and 6 months, you can't expect cases, which you buy to protect your phone, to last very long, they are meant to take the punishment so your phone lasts.

    The case works well as I slide my phone into a leather slip case to carry on a belt instead of in a pocket. The slick surface combined with the sticky rubber allows it to slide into the case, but also grippy enough where it doesn't slip out of my hands during use.

    49 of 55 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The Truth about the Bumper, Nothing is New Forever

    • Written by from Cincinnati

    I've owned my iPhone 4 and decided on the Bumper at the same time. It was free due to the issue of the antenna not functioning properly, Apple was offering the Bumper or $30 credit for a case. Having been a iPhone 3G owner for 2 years before getting the 4, I had the protector screen and rubber/plastic case. it survived well but was bulky.
    Now the advantage of the bumper, even though it does fall apart, I'm here to replace mine as the rubber has ripped around the power cord about 3-4 months ago and has now started shredding around all the sides and the phone no longer sits safely in the Bumper, again back to the advantage of the bumper, is that it maximizes the protection of the phone with the minimal of intrusion to working the phone. It's very light weight. Is raised rubber edges allow the phone to not come into direct contact with a surface. Because of the minimalist design, it feels like its how the phone should have been manufactured.
    Come on people, the iPhone is a smartphone. It's a tool. It's what you carry with you like your wallet and keys. Do you ever look at how much wear and tear those items take - so expect your phone to take some punishment too, but it's also well constructed to take that abuse. The bumper protects the places it needs it the most...it's edges. Plain a simple. But the best part is, the Bumper leaves the phone as naked as possible so you can touch its sexy smooth screen and back that are incredibly scratch resistant.
    Last of all, i decided long ago to test the screen by not using a protector and has survived well. I am conscious of generally not putting the phone in my pocket with keys, coins or other metal objects, but i don't baby the phone either.
    Is the Bumper overpriced - Yes, but isn't everything that Apple sells - but we will still buy it - because it works the best.

    42 of 45 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it does

    • Written by from Pleasanton

    I got this case Aug 2010 as part of the free case program. Nothing fancy, but a regular, ordinary looking bumper. Also, I wasn't very concerned about the lack of back coverage, since I got the Power Support film set.

    Despite making the iPhone look 'uglier', this bumper really does its job. I dropped my phone about 7x already and it's just fine. Mind you, the drops were only 2-3 ft drops, so I can't attest to whether the bumper can withstand higher drops, but seven times! There are numerous scratches on my bumper, especially at the corners because of the drops, but the phone itself is fine. Other reviews said the rubber part already started cracking and peeling after light use, but I've had this for a year and it's only started recently. I don't exactly take very good care of my phone or other electronics, so it's very surprising that my bumper has lasted this long while others (who do take care of their phones) complain the bumper isn't long-lasting.

    This bumper isn't perfect, however, as dust does tend to accumulate near the edges, but since I have Power Support film set on, this isn't a big deal. Just make sure to take the bumper off to clean the phone from time to time. Now...the MAJOR defect of this bumper, like many reviews have stated, is that this bumper SCRATCHES THE PHONE! It didn't for the first few months of use, but now I see black smudges and marks that won't come off on the silver band of the phone. They're noticeable, especially around the ring/vibrate button, the power button, the volume buttons, and the charger jack and speakers on the bottom. It's very disappointing that the bumper would do this and I hope Apple will do something about it (not very likely though).

    Based on my experience, yes I would recommend this bumper to iPhone users because it offers fairly heavy-duty protection for such a minimal case. If you're someone who drops their phone a lot, but don't want any scratches on their phone, then I suggest the Otterbox; but if you're someone (like me) who drops their phone and don't want a big fat ugly Otterbox case covering your phone, this is good enough. This bumper has lasted me a year and I'm ready to buy a new one--green this time!

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does exactly what it says with understated style

    • Written by from Los Gatos

    I had an iPhone 3gs for years and converted to an iPhone 4s a couple of months ago. I like the phone so well that I wanted to keep it naked. Unfortunately, the back of the case got a little scratch during that time (about 2 weeks). I went out and looked for cases but I really wanted something that protected well but was not bulky. In the end, I opted for the bumper and I'm really glad I did. There are no more scratches since I put the bumper on. I removed it today to check for scratches on the edge of the iPhone, but there are none.

    30 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Iphone 4 Bumper

    • Written by from Wilmington

    I am a minimalist when it comes to protective covers for the iPhone 4. I like the bumper design. It gives good protection if the phone is dropped, plus it leaves the beauty of the iPhone 4 intact for all to see. Also, I don't have an issue with the glass getting scratched. The bumper has raised edges that recess the glass about 3/32 of an inch. I don't like enclosing it in a case, or degrading the great display with protective film. I think a case and/or film defeats the purpose of purchasing a beautiful IPhone.
    However, I do agree with one reviewer who said the bumper's rubber edge deteriorates over time. If, like me, you are constantly using a pocket to store your iPhone, then the rubber around the plastic frame will only last about a year before the rubber starts to dry out and tear. My wife's IPhone 4 bumper is now 20 months old and doing fine. I threw my bumper away after about 12 months. I have since cracked both the front and back displays and just recently replaced them both myself.
    Lesson learned. After I finish writing this review, I am going to order another IPhone 4 Bumper just like I had before.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good design improvements

    • Written by from Houston

    I just purchased a new black Bumper to replace the one I originally purchased with my iPhone 4 upon initial release and notice that Apple seems to have made some design improvements to the bumper at some point in the past year. The new bumper has a slightly different shape to the rubber portions--an angle from the face of the case to where the rubber meets the face of the iPhone (rather than the former continuous curve). This change appears to result is a more robust rubber piece that should wear well. Also, the cut-out for the docking port has been enlarged compared to the original Bumper. While I enjoyed the original Bumper--and haven't found a case I like better--this new one feels more durable.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's simple, works well, and looks good!

    • Written by from West New York

    I was a little skeptical about purchasing this item, but I had gotten bored with using the Otterbox Defender case, which I love, but is a pain to take apart when I need to. So I thought I'd try this bumper so that I could occasionally use my Mophie Juice Pack Plus without major headaches.

    I was wrong, the bumper looks great, I like the way it fits, and its minimalist approach to things works for me just fine. I think it could be about $10 less, though, which is why I can't give it five stars, but that's the only reason.

    27 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    High Quality

    • Written by from WINDSOR

    this case is very slick, light weight, durable and stylish. unfortunately, i find the missing back gets irritating at times and leaves your phone exposed.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks, feels great, scratches iPhone, short case life.

    • Written by from Decatur

    But I still gave it four stars. Why?

    The good: It looks great. Beautiful Apple styling. The rubber feels great in your hand and is very grippy, saving me from dropping it many times. This case goes well with the iPhone 4 and the good generates most of the four stars.

    The bad: The case has left a lot of little rubbing created scratches on my iPhone. Also, the case wore out in nine months. The rubber began to separate down near the dock connector and the case became loose fitting overall. I took my iPhone to the Genius Bar last week, and they seemed 'unconcerned' about the scratches on the iPhone, but they did replace my Bumper with a brand new one. 1 year warranty, take advantage. The Genius I talked to denied it was under warranty, but I pressed him to look at the warranty online, and a more senior Genius confirmed that it was under warranty.

    They gave me the AT&T/Verizon version of the Bumper and it 'seems' to be made a bit better. The hole where the dock connector fits is Bigger, so more cables and accessories will fit. But I still expect it to scratch the iPhone.

    Back to the good: Again, it looks great, feels Fantastic in your hand, and I believe the rubber edges have saved me from many drops. If you set it on a angled surface it will not slide off. You can lean it up against things on your desk and it will not slide. It's minimal, it's Apple, I still like it a lot.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good stuff

    • Written by from ottawa

    Bumper is great, i like how its a hard plastic and the outer ring is a looser rubber so it wraps around your phone. works good with an invisible shield

    i would separate my iphone and my bumper once and a while to clean, because the dust that gets in can slowly scratch the phone. (with all cases people should separate them and clean)

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    good if you drop your phone a lot

    • Written by from Peterborough

    I drop my phone constantly, i don't know why I can't help it. Normally I buy the big ugly cases to protect it but my white iPhone is way too pretty to cover up. I have probably dropped my phone 100 times with this case and it still works perfectly! No scratches on the screen or back. The case does scratch the metal sides a little, which I don't really mind because they are covered by the case anyway. Also, I have the green one and the rubber part tends to get dirty fast, so I'm going to buy the black one to see if that helps.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love this case!!

    • Written by from Orchard Park

    I got my white iPhone 4 about a month ago, and wanted a case that has protection, but isn't too bulky like most cases out there. When I saw the apple bumper, I thought it was perfect. It protects the metal band around the sides, the buttons, and has a "grippy" edge so it doesn't slide too much. When I got my phone, AT&T also recommended I get a case for protection, but i wanted the bumper so I also got the ZAGG screen protectors, and together, the two make a perfect iPhone 4 case. I highly recommend this case if you want protection, but not too much 'bulk'.

    21 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    1 year later

    • Written by from Boynton Beach

    Would given a 5 if it didn't fall apart, would have given a 3 if it hadn't been free. I need another one, but $30, yeesh! I love the simplicity of it, the lack of bulk, the case doesn't detract much from the phone itself (since the "case" is also Apple). Despite it's seeming lack of coverage, it still protects well (until it falls apart), the rubber helps it stick on surfaces. Have had it for about a year now, the most crucial, and thus used, areas: the corners and the rubber on either side of the dock, have separated themselves from the rest of the bumper. Very annoying when flapping around below the home button, I ended up trimming the loose rubber. The bumper still stays on without this rubber, but it is not as well protected. The corners are the most critical, and just noticed yesterday that the are very tiny chips out of the glass on opposing corners on the back. Also, as I'm sure some people have mentioned, the metal does get scuffed, but I leave the bumper on all the time, so it isn't noticed.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but must be paired with other protection

    • Written by from Fenton

    The Apple iPhone bumper does a great job doing what its meant to do. It protects the sides of the phone while keeping the volume buttons and lock button in tact (and keeping them metal to boot). The bumper fits excellently around the phone, better than any case on the market. Every port is perfectly wrapped, even the connector at the bottom is protected without effecting the ports usability. The key with this is that it is not a case nor does it claim to be, if you want greater protection look for something else! I wanted something minimalist that would not add to iPhone's bulk. This did the trick, when used in addition to front and back screen protectors this bumper will protect the phone from scratches and other wear and tear. It will also protect the front and back of the phone when set on flat surfaces. I only gave it a four star rating because after extended use the metal edges of my phone have some wear and tear even though the case was never taken off. Still a great product none the less.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great ***TIP***

    • Written by from allison park

    the bumper did exactly what i needed from it; an elevated surface keeping the front and back glasses raised, and a silicone casing for the frame. I haven't had any problems so far.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great look poor quality

    • Written by from Jacksboro

    Looks great but I've had myne about 6 months and the bottom is cracked and the rubber is comming off at the top where it touches the plastic next to the headphone port. And it also scratches the stainless steel... But other than that it's a great case:)

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth getting

    • Written by from Rolla

    My son and I both got the black bumpers at the original iPhone 4 launch and both gave out within a couple weeks of each other. That's OK though as they lasted 16 months of constant use. They make it easy to hold the phone without slipping, but are not very intrusive. I'm about to order replacements!

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice to have but better cases out there.

    • Written by from Silver Spring

    As far as aesthetics go, this is a really nice looking "case" and I use the term case lightly since this really offers no protection on the phone what so ever. This bumper allows the purrrrty front/back glass shine through but that's about it. I'm not sure what everyone is complaining about this thing scratching the band but I haven't had any issues in that respect. The bumper fits pretty snug on but has a little bit of play on the sides. I haven't had any issues with this peeling off screen protectors but I've heard some people complain about this. Overall, if you got this free through the case program then it's a nice backup case IMO. If you're looking to buy this then I'd suggest looking elsewhere for something cheaper as this tricked out rubber band isn't worth $30.

    12 of 13 people found this useful